Marine Scotland

  • Joint Warrior Training Activity: 26th March – 6 April 2017

    6th March 2017 by

    Joint Warrior (JW) 171, will take place between 25 March to 6 April 2017 and will comprise of a programme of exercises conducted across the UK by land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft from 15 Nations. The majority of the exercise will be focussed in the airspace, offshore and coastal waters to the North and...

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  • New Marine Scotland Director

    15th February 2017 by

    Following an external recruitment process, chaired by a Civil Service Commissioner, we’re delighted to announce that Graham Black, currently HMRC Deputy Director Large Business, Scotland and Northern Ireland has been appointed as the new Director of Marine Scotland.  He will take up his new role on 16 March 2017. Graham said: “I am delighted and...

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  • Helping fishermen to DiscardLess

    6th February 2017 by

    Today sees the publication of a new report in the Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science series, but it’s something a little different – it’s a Manual and some factsheets. The Selectivity in Trawl Fishing Gears manual forms part of the DiscardLess project – a Horizon 2020 project set up to provide the knowledge, tools, and methods required for...

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  • Ask a Scientist

    31st January 2017 by

    sofa-shark

    Always keen to make science accessible for everyone, our colleague Dr Francis Neat recently contributed to a series of children’s books on ocean ecology.   Dr Neat was approached only last week to answer some questions, posed by children through a school project, in the “Ask a Scientist” section.   As a specialist in the habitat and...

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  • Best buddies help marine life

    25th January 2017 by

    It is well acknowledged that any kind of marine litter poses a detrimental effect to the environment, economy and society so in response, Scotland produced its first Marine Litter Strategy in 2014 with the aim of reducing the amount of litter entering the sea. The Strategy sets out over 40 actions including encouraging producers to change the design of products, such...

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  • Keeping an eye on the coastline with SCObs

    23rd January 2017 by

    Scientists in Marine Scotland, along with a small group of voluntary citizen-scientists, have been monitoring the physics, chemistry and biology at multiple sites in Scotland’s coastal waters since 1997. The sites monitored, shown on the left, include Millport, Mallaig, Loch   Maddy, Loch Ewe, Scapa, Fair Isle, Scalloway, Cromarty, East Coast and Stonehaven. Consistent ecological time series of data...

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  • Out of Doors with the Dolphins and Porpoises

    19th January 2017 by

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    Last week, our Marine Mammals Specialist, Dr Kate Brookes was interviewed by Euan McIlwraith from the Out of Doors programme on Radio Scotland about the ECOMMAS project.  They had been intrigued after seeing our blog post about one of the acoustic loggers from the ECOMMAS array being found on a beach near Aberdeen harbour.  Euan...

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  • Scottish Fishermen Land 1000th Tonne of Marine Litter

    18th January 2017 by

    Our very own Professor Colin Moffat was asked recently to attend and give a short presentation at an event to celebrate the success of the KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter scheme. Supported by partners, including the Scottish Government, the Fishing for Litter scheme encourages skippers of fishing vessels to land litter they catch in their...

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  • MRV Scotia Survey 0117S Programme

    4th January 2017 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Duration: 4-19 January 2017 Fishing gear: BT 137 with Ground gear E; Sediment Sampling: Day grab and sieves; Litter sampling: Catamaran neuston trawl; Plankton net; Water sampling: Aquatracka fluorometer, Seabird 19 and sled. Objectives: To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). To collect water samples for nutrient...

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 0117A Programme

    2nd January 2017 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 4-20 January 2017 Gear: Large TV drop frame; TV sledge; 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable; 1 x armoured cable; Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup); Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame; 1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares); Day grab and table; Prawn sorting table; and Go Pro...

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